Who doesn’t love fall? It’s the season of sweaters and cider; of changing leaves and Halloween. Autumn is the best season for enjoying an evening in with a book and a cup of warm cocoa – but it’s also the best season to get off of the couch and go for a run! Most people promise to begin their exercise regimens sometime after the ball drops on New Year’s, but I firmly believe that fall is the best time to build a lasting fitness program.
Who doesn’t have a bad day now and again? Maybe your boss decides to take a company loss out on you, or a family member decides to take your car out for an ill-advised spin and not tell you until they need to file an accident report. Sometimes, a promising day can turn into a trainwreck with no more than a bad conversation. The question is, how will you handle the added stress when it lands in your lap? Many people opt to turn to exercise as a way to burn off the anger and re-center themselves. However, this strategy may not be as helpful as it appears at the outset.
Stay wary of friendly advice; some fitness tips are based on nothing but myth! A lot of fitness misinformation circulates by word of mouth and via the Internet – and while some of it is benign, a few tips could potentially lead you to injury. Below, I’ve listed a few of the false fitness ‘facts’ I commonly hear at the gym.